Coronavirus Updates and Resources
Last updated on 9-15-21
TSA extends face mask requirements through January 18, 2022
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, on board commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through January 18, 2022.
Penalty for refusal to wear a face mask
Effective Friday September 10, 2021, TSA increased the range of civil penalties that may be charged against individuals who violate the federal mask mandate in U.S. transportation systems covered by the January 31, 2021, Security Directive, and subsequent amendments, implementing the mask mandate. The new range of penalties will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders.
Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus). CDC recommends that travelers who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance when traveling.
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Upon leaving the airport, follow state & local ordinances.
Mayor Martha Burke signed Hailey Public Health Order 2021-06 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, reinstating a mask mandate within the Hailey City limits by requiring face- covering be used in indoor public spaces.
In a City Council meeting, the City of Ketchum voted to rescind the health order requiring masks to be worn indoors. The vote also rescinds regulations requiring social distancing and capping group sizes.
Read the announcement HERE
In a special city council meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021, the City Council voted to rescind Public Health Order 2020-05 effective immediately within the City of Sun Valley.
Read the announcement HERE
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
Idaho is in Stage 4 of reopening
Stage 4 “Stay Healthy Guidelines” include:
- COVID-19 vaccine encouraged for all eligible individuals
- No recommended limitations on gathering sizes. Gatherings, both public and private, should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines
- Face coverings strongly recommended per guidance from CDC
- All individuals, businesses, and government entities should adhere to physical distancing and sanitation guidelines
- Businesses and governmental agencies continue operations at physical locations
- All open business continue to follow plans
- Airport Airfield Operations – Normal
- Voluntary Noise abatement hours: 11pm to 7am
- For airfield related questions, contact on-duty Airport Operations at: 208-720-5186
- Atlantic Aviation (FBO Services – Reduced Hours from 6:00am to 6:00pm | After hour services are available to support Life Flight and other essential services upon request | Call Atlantic Aviation for additional information)
- Effective Monday, March 16, the airport administrative office is closed to the public until further notice. Please call 208-788-4956 before coming to the building. Full airport operations and ARFF capabilities will remain in place. All airport management staff will be available by email and phone.
- Friedman Memorial Airport Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – Badging 420-01 Airport Badging Office Infectious Disease Appointment SOP Effective date: June 15, 2020
- Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is dedicated to the health of staff, customers, and community. COVID-19 has required FMA to reconsider badging procedures to protect staff and external users (customers). As of June 15, 2020 FMAA, SUN badging will be by appointment only, walk-in’s will not be permitted.
Airlines – Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Delta Air Lines:
Delta customers, employees and partners are required to wear a face mask or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel.
Federal law requires each person to wear a mask at all times while in the airport and when using public transit, during boarding and deplaning, and for the duration of the flight. Refusal to wear a mask is a violation of federal law and may result in denial of boarding, removal from the aircraft, and/or penalties.
Alaska Airlines is taking a “layered approach” to safety, which starts with the requirement that all employees and guests wear a face mask or covering through the airport and on board. This requirement applies even if you are fully vaccinated.
Federal law requires all travelers age 2 and older to wear a face mask with no vents or openings that fully covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn in the airport and during the entire flight, and between bites and sips if travelers are eating or drinking. This includes customer service counters and kiosks, airport lounges, gates, and baggage claim areas. A face shield alone does not count as a face covering. Travelers who aren’t wearing their masks in the airport or on board may be refused transport, be subject to fines, and could also lose their travel privileges on future United Flights.
The Friedman Memorial Airport has implemented the following proactive measures at the airport:
- Public access is reduced in the terminal area and at baggage claim. Please do not congregate in these areas. Curbside passenger pick-up is encouraged.
- Social distancing signage is posted on doors and throughout the terminal
- Furniture throughout the terminal has been reorganized for optimal social distancing
- Hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the airport
- Janitorial crews have increased the frequency of their cleaning of public use areas with an electrostatic spray that is effective against the virus
- Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been posted around the terminal (in both English and Spanish), highlighting facts, symptoms, and personal hygiene best practices as they relate to the virus
- Guidance from local healthcare professionals and the local hospital has been provided to all airport tenants, including airlines and TSA, with instructions on how to respond if someone is ill or feels they may have been exposed to the virus